Tom George and happy student

There was a nervous sense of excitement at Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing Green today as students who took GCSE November resits in Maths and English came into college to receive their results. 

November GCSE exams are unusual for West London’s College, with most students getting their results in August. However, a number of students were given the chance to re-sit the exams earlier this year to help solidify their academic choices in August.

Vicky Wood, Curriculum Manager for English and Maths, was on hand to greet students as they received their results and her enthusiasm and excitement for the students really shone through: 

“I’m absolutely delighted for our learners and their tutors who have worked tirelessly to get these results.

“For the students, an A*-C grade in GCSE English or maths is such an important step on their journey towards further studies or employment”. 

Vicky Wood and Kiyan Nobray checking GCSE results

"YOU'VE PASSED!" Vicky Wood shares the good news with student Kiyan Nobray. It was the first time Kiyan was confident enough to pick up his results in person. 

For Level 3 Health & Social Care students Kawaljit Kaur, Mahima Zaveri, Roberta Zienkaite and Ilhan Hussein, their results in English were big news - it means they can now go to university in September. 

“It means everything to me” said Kawaljit, who hopes to study at Middlesex University. Mahima, Ilhan and Roberta echoed this sentiment, with Mahima noting English was the last subject she needed to continue her educational journey. “I still can’t believe it” she said. 

Health & Social Care students with their GCSE results

READY TO LEARN: The results mean Mahima, Kawaljit, Roberta and Ilhan can go to university.

Burhanuddin Kapasi had a similar view. As an Access to Higher Education student studying Computing & ICT, getting GCSE English was one of the final pieces of the puzzle. “This is excellent news. It gives me the opportunity to get into a decent university” she explained. 

Assistant Principal Dean Vaughan with student Burhanuddin and GCSE results

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH: Burhanuddin shows his passing grade to Assistant Principal Dean Vaughan.

Over at Ealing Green College, the courses were different but the excitement and enthusiasm was the same. 

Beshoy Takla and Theresa Kyeyune both have qualifications - Beshoy in Physics and Theresa in Childcare - and both needed GCSE English to work in their respective sectors.  

Both also gave plenty of credit to their tutors for their efforts:

"My confidence had gone, but my tutor helped me believe I could do it!" said Theresa, who picked up a B grade in her English class. 

"In the period leading up to the exam, the tutors really made sure we were in exam mode" Beshoy explained. “I can now go on to my PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and become a physics teacher.” 

Beshoy Theresa 2 website

MOVING ON TO A GREAT CAREER: Beshoy and Theresa share their results. 

Don’t let a lack of GCSE English and maths hold you back. At Ealing, Hammersmith & West London’s College you can study GCSE English & maths in conjunction with your further education or vocational course with help from our specialist team of tutors. Register for one of our Open Days to find out more!